But we shouldn’t wait for or merely rely on governments, it’s up to individual event organizers to do the right thing and prevent the spread of Covid-19 at all costs.
I’m asking for your support in urging the World Series of Poker, along with all other poker tours nationwide, to immediately cancel their events until the Covid-19 pandemic is fully under control, and spread of the disease ceases and threat to our healthcare systems worldwide ceases to be an imminent threat.
I implore the WSOP organizers, and all poker tours, if they haven’t already, to host an internal meeting to discuss these matters, and do what’s best to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus within the poker community and beyond.
The time is now.
Not only are there thousands of people around the world who make their plans well in advance, but committing to postponing or moving the WSOP entirely online will give everyone options well in advance, resulting in the best turnout.
If they don’t respond appropriately, it’s up to each of us to stand for what’s right. We all have a voice. By voting with not just our words, but our actions, gatherings, we can do our part to effectively reduce the spread of this disease.
If something changes, such as the disease being effectively contained or new data emerging, which I desperately hope it does, I reserve the right to change my position on this matter.
That said, until further notice, I personally won’t be attending any poker or other public events and avoiding all travel except in the event of an emergency. I urge others to consider doing the same. And, given that I’m currently in the heart of the outbreak in Italy, since the first discovery of a case, both my wife and I have avoided all social contact.